The South Australian government has finally committed to building a solar thermal with storage in Port Augusta as reported by Green Left Weekly.
After almost a decade of campaigning by the local community, the project will be built. The project will provide 24/7 solar power in South Australia and create hundreds of regional jobs, cutting greenhouse emissions and reducing electricity costs.
Key takeaways for this project:
- A 150 megawatts, $650 million solar thermal power plant will be built at Port Augusta.
- The campaign began on September 26, 2009.
- By 2012 a community vote in Port Augusta showed more than a 90% in favor of the plant.
- On August 14, the South Australian government committed to a power purchasing agreement to build the solar thermal plant.